SECRETARY-GENERAL   (SG/SM/16018)

‘SECRETARY GENERAL, ALARMED AT WORSENING SITUATION, DEMANDS ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS TAKE STEPS TO END FIGHTING, PREVENT GREATER RISKS TO REGIONAL SECURITY’

Well, how many times have we heard much the same sort of appeal down all the years that this conflict has been in session?

And the net result appears to be that neither side is listening nor do any of them have the faintest idea about how to end the fighting – even if this is really what they want and are willing to do.

What seems even more surprising is this. After so many Herculean efforts have been focused on peace initiatives, negotiations, arbitration and a host of other ways to bring about closure in the matter, the battle still continues, its ferocity undimmed, its staying power a constant reminder of our human failure to strive successfully for its termination.

So, are appeals to reason and conscience the only weapons left to us?

If so, then it is a poor outlook that we face and an even bleaker future, with very likely much the worst of it to come.

That is, unless and until…

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